The Miami Marlins were at a low point heading into their four-game series in Denver.
A pair of wins and an outstanding major league debut by Christian Yelich have the NL-worst Marlins feeling much better about themselves heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
After ending a franchise-worst 37-inning scoreless stretch - the longest run-scoring drought in the majors in nearly three decades - with Monday’s 3-1 victory, the Marlins (37-61) won 4-2 on Tuesday with Yelich delivering three singles and two RBIs in his big league debut.
The 21-year-old left fielder and center fielder Jake Marisnick, who went hitless in four at-bats in his first major league appearance, were called up from Double-A Jacksonville following Monday’s victory.
“You can think about it and dream about it all you want, but going out there and actually living it and being able to be a part of something like this is pretty special and something I’ll never forget,” said Yelich, who matched Giancarlo Stanton and Marlins manager Mike Redmond for the most hits by a Marlin in a major league debut.
Miami, winner of four of five in Denver, now go for a third straight victory with Jacob Turner (3-2, 2.44 ERA) on the hill.
The 22-year-old right-hander has surrendered two runs or fewer in seven of nine starts since getting called up from Triple-A New Orleans on May 31. Turner, though, was admittedly not at his best in Friday’s 2-0 loss at Milwaukee, walking four and getting tagged for two homers in five-plus innings.
Turner had yielded one long ball in his previous eight starts.
“Some days you have it, some days you don’t,” he said.
Turner will get his first look at the Rockies (48-53), who have scored two runs or fewer in nine of 15 games, losing each time they’ve failed to plate three during that stretch.
Rockies All-Stars Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer were a combined 1 for 11 on Tuesday after going 5 for 12 on Monday.
“We should be better. We should score more runs,” Gonzalez told the Rockies’ official website. “I don’t think our focus was the same tonight and the game got away.”
Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.12) knows all too well about Colorado’s offensive struggles - he has a 3.31 run-support average in his last six starts. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA during that stretch after not factoring in the decision in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday when he surrendered one run - a homer by Alfonso Soriano - in six innings.
De La Rosa is 3-4 with a 5.93 ERA in eight starts against the Marlins, but he hasn’t faced them since 2010.
He’ll try to reach double-digit victories for the first time since winning a career-best 16 for the Rockies in 2009.
Stanton is batting .355 with seven homers and 12 RBIs in nine career games at Colorado after hitting a solo shot Tuesday.
First baseman Todd Helton, whose solo homer Tuesday tied him with Joe DiMaggio for 76th on the all-time list with 361, is a lifetime .394 hitter versus the Marlins at home.